DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Outfielder Carl Crawford hasn't played in a game yet and is almost certain to begin the season on the disabled list, creating a temporary open roster spot for the first few weeks of the season.
Without Crawford, the Sox have only four outfielders set for the 25-man roster -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross, and Darnell MCDonald.
But that spot might not necessarily go to a fifth outfielder while Crawford is on the DL.
"I haven't figured that out,'' said manager Bobby Valentine. "That roster spot could be a pitcher, it could be a utility (infielder), it could be an outfielder. It could conceivably be anything we wanted it be. Anything other than a starting pitcher.''
Among the utility players who might qualify: Pedro Ciriaco or Nate Spears. Both have brief major league experience.
Extra outfielders under consideration include Jason Repko or Josh Kroeger.
Any number of relievers could stick as the 13th pitcher on the staff as the club has yet to narrow down the candidates for the available bullpen spots.
"A lot of guys are doing real well,'' said Valentine. "I think when it comes down to about a week from today, we'll make a determination on how to start the season.''
Valentine said he would OK starting the season with four proven outfielders.
"It becomes kind of like the third catcher,'' he said. "If a couple of guys get hurt in one game and you get forced to play someone way out of position for a couple of innings? That's what it is, a couple of innings and the next day, you amend the roster. I'm not overly concerned with (not having a fifth outfielder).''
Intentionally or otherwise, the guy who allegedly pulled the fire alarm at the Steelers’ hotel Sunday morning may have also provided the average Bud Light-loving Bostonian a new motto.
“I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan,” Dennis Harrison told police after he was arrested, according to the Boston Globe.
Citing the State Police report, the Globe wrote Monday that Harrison was talked into pulling the alarm while at a party in Revere, with a friend driving the 25-year-old to the Boston Hilton Logan Airport hotel Sunday morning.
Harrison reportedly walked up to the second floor and pulled the fire alarm before returning to the car, but his friend and the keys were gone. He was then picked up by police while walking away from the hotel.
According to the Globe, Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and setting off a false fire alarm Monday and was released on personal recognizance.
CSN and Tanguay to Provide Daily Patriots related stories from various cities on the way to Houston on TV, Online and through Social Media All Week Long
The New England Patriots are Super Bowl bound and will take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Sunday, February 5th. CSN New England’s Gary Tanguay is also Houston-bound, boarding a CSN trailer today and starting his road trip to Super Bowl 51 – and fans can get an inside look as TANGUAY TAKES AMERICA!
Tanguay departed from the CSN studios in Burlington, MA this morning at 6AM and has already logged more than 300 miles on his journey to Texas. He will be making several Patriots-related stops along the way including places like New Jersey, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Orleans and more.
"I'm looking forward to telling many off the field stories from the road," said Tanguay. “I’ll be checking in throughout each day on TV, online and on social media and look forward to bringing Patriots fans different types of stories that they normally don’t see.”
“Tanguay Takes America” will be a fun, interactive way for Patriots fans to get ready for the big game as the New England Patriots continue their “drive for five”. This is just the beginning of the robust Patriots Super Bowl coverage that CSN will offer over the next two weeks and through game-day.
Among the stops and visits that Gary will make:
- A visit to the city of the team they just beat (Pittsburgh), plus the city of the team they’ll play (Atlanta)
- The Capitol Impact of the Patriots going to another Super Bowl
- A meet-up with Troy Brown at his home in West Virginia
- Stops in towns that hold roots of success for some of the current Patriots
- A visit to where the Patriots Dynasty began
Patriots fans can follow Gary’s journey via @Gary_Tanguay and CSNNE on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on CSNNE.com and on CSN’s television programming.